Nas­inu Net­ters Crowned IDC Champs

Fiji Sun - - Sport - ANASILINI NATOGA Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a [email protected]­jisun.com.fj

The Nas­inu net­ball team won the Pun­jas/Dig­i­cel In­ter­dis­trict Cham­pi­onship af­ter de­feat­ing NEWWORLD IGA Suva 36-34 at the Na­tional Net­ball Cen­tre yesterday.

Fi­jian Pearls and Celtic Dragons de­fender Adi Bo­lakoro played in her first IDC and said win­ning was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m happy with the stan­dard and it’s amaz­ing see­ing the tal­ents on dis­play at the IDC.

“Play­ing in my first IDC, it’s amaz­ing to see the crowd, the at­mos­phere out here,” Bo­lakoro said.

The Bri­tish Army sol­dier combined well with Nas­inu goal­keeper Episake Ka­ha­toka. “We played to­gether, we knew each other but credit to all the Nas­inu play­ers for their hard work,” Bo­lakoro said.

PRES­SURE

Suva goal­shooter Matelita Vo­cea said the pres­sure from the crowd put them un­der pres­sure in the last minute.

“We didn’t push to the end because it was a close game. “There was a lot of noise com­ing from the crowd and we lost the mo­men­tum,” Vo­cea said.

STRONG START

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Suva had a strong start in the first quar­ter as they were able to counter Nas­inu shoot­ers Ly­dia Pana­pasa and Unaisi Rauluni.

Suva de­fender and Fi­jiana 7s rep Rei­jieli Daveiua was out­stand­ing caus­ing turnovers which al­lowed Suva to lead 9-7 in the first quar­ter. Rauluni, Pana­pasa, Bo­lakoro, Ka­ha­toka and for­mer rep Alesi Waqa lifted the in­ten­sity in the se­cond quar­ter for the team to draw 17-17 at half­time. Nas­inu main­tained con­sis­tency in the third and fi­nal quar­ter as they were able to con­trol mid court area led by Waqa while Bo­lakoro and Ka­ha­toka kept on caus­ing turnovers from the de­fence circle to lead 29-28 at the end of the third quar­ter and 3634 at full­time.

U19 FI­NAL

Mean­while, Suva beat Nadi 3315 in the IDC Un­der-19 fi­nal Feed­back:

Photo: Ron­ald Kumar.

Nas­inu net­ball play­ers, of­fi­cials and sup­port­ers cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the Pun­jas /Dig­i­cel Net­ball In­ter­dis­trict Cham­pi­onship at the Na­tional Net­ball Cen­tre in Suva on Au­gust 17, 2019.

Photo: Ron­ald Kumar

Pun­jas/Dig­i­cel In­ter­dis­trict Un­der-19 fi­nal be­tween Suva and Nadi at the Na­tional Net­ball Cen­tre, Suva on Au­gust 17, 2019.

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